by Auric Solar
With the rising costs of traditional energy sources and the perceived impact on the environment, many people are scrambling to find new ways to sustain themselves and save money.
One potential solution is installing solar panels. However, there are a lot of rumors and misconceptions surrounding them, so let’s set the record straight.
Myth 1: Utah’s not a good place for solar
Exactly the opposite is true. Utah is one of the best places in the United States for solar energy — it even has a Wikipedia page about it. It’s in the top seven states for solar energy and has the potential to produce one-third of all solar energy for the United States.
Myth 2: Solar is too expensive
Solar panels are an investment. Like any good investment, the payback comes after time with decreased energy bills month after month. You will also have confidence in your emergency preparedness as an added bonus.
In addition to potential savings, on days you are collecting more energy than you’re using, you will add power to the grid, and your meter will run backward. Getting solar installed may be more affordable than you think. There are several finance options available it to make it affordable now and the state and federal governments offer incentives to make the switch.
Myth 3: Solar panels will ruin my roof
If installed correctly, no, they won’t. Not only are they not a threat, the panels actually protect the areas of your roof that they cover from the elements as well. You might even find the rooms underneath the panels are cooler in the summer and warmer in the winter, according to solarenergy.net.
As long as you enlist a reputable company that knows about installation, not only will the solar panels leave your roof unharmed, the solar panels might actually make your house look better as well.
Myth 4: Solar panels require a lot more maintenance
Factually incorrect. Solar panels have no moving parts to them, meaning they don’t require additional maintenance. You might want to hose them down a few times in the summer and keep the leaves off of them in the fall to make sure that you’re getting the most bang for your buck, but the energy required is no more than you should already be putting in to keep your roof in good shape, regardless of solar panels.
Despite getting a bad reputation by the naysayers, solar power is definitely a strong contender for a potential to replace or supplement more traditional, environmentally harmful energy sources.
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